2018 NaNoWriMo winner:Yay!


As I mentioned earlier I decided to embark on doing NaNoWriMo for 2018. This is where you attempt to write 50K words in the month of November. Thankfully on the 19th of November I crossed that barrier at 50.065. I continued to work on this manuscript for November but not at the pace well the manic pace I was doing prior to getting the words needed.

I was reminded over the 19 days why I don’t do NaNo as regular as I use to. My first try was in 2011 and I won and continued the next two-year winning those as well. But the toil to accomplish this is hard especially if one has a job, family, one is ill or a host of other things . So I always try to get it done early. My best time was when I won NaNo in 15 days but that was harsh. But it is a good feeling being 4-0 as my record for this.

It is a fun thing to do don’t get me wrong. The people I meet and hang out is inspiring and motivating. Meeting new people and new writers to hang out with in the future is a definite win.

Will I do NaNo next year I am not sure. At the moment I think not. But considering how I decided I was doing NaNo 2018 three days before it started could happen again.


Your writing corner


Is your working space conducive to writing? Is it too near a tv, the couch or oh my gosh the fridge? I know friends who are writers that make themselves go to coffee shops or libraries to avoid the traps of the house and working at home. But even there you have to be careful you don’t channel surf on your computer or tablet on your various social media sites. A time killer no matter where you are.

I am a frugal person. No, not cheap but frugal. There is a difference. To go somewhere and pay for things I already have at home does not always sit well with me. One of the perks of writing by hand my manuscripts is I can write anywhere I chose to write. However when I transcript them on the computer that is where I need to watch and make sure I don’t get distracted.

It is easy to stop and get a quick snack, go pet your animal, watch a sort sitcom and the list goes on. That won’t hurt unless you doing it too often to where your craft suffers. One can get distracted regardless of where you are at. But to be able to find a nice quiet place, regardless where it is at, is a true treasure and one I hope you all find in 2018.